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  • (UK) IPA(key): /haɪ.bɹɪd.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/


hybridization (countable and uncountable, plural hybridizations)

  1. The act of hybridizing, or the state of being hybridized.
    1. (chemistry) The linear combination of atomic orbitals in a molecule to form hybrid orbitals.
      • 1950, W. Moffitt, “Aspects of Hybridization” in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A Volume 202 Number 1071, 563:
        The electron pairing theory of orbital hybridization has been shown to account, very satisfactorily, for the variations which have been observed in the properties of C-H bonds.
    2. (biology, including botany) The process of breeding a mixed offspring from two different strains or species of animal or plant
      Synonym: hybridism
      • 1843, D. J. Browne, “Hybridization and Cross Fecundation of Plants” in Agricultural Journal and Transactions of the Lower Canada Agricultural Society, 135:
        Hybridization, strictly speaking, is the art or act of obtaining an offspring or progeny between two different species of animals or plants; ...
    3. (genetics) The formation of double-stranded nucleic acid by complementary base-pairing
  2. (transport) the conversion of a fleet of vehicles to hybrids.
    • 2019, Rich Saltzberg, “Taylor, Gazzaniga press SSA to electrify fleet,” MV Times:
      He said he has read up on the hybridization of vessels, and described it as “extremely costly,” but conceded it’s “where the industry is heading.”